Wilbur A. Hitchcock, Professor (Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering); Construction Engineering Management, Structural Engineering
Dianne Gilmer, Instructor
CEM Admission Requirements
Admission to the UAB CEM requires
- Bachelors degree from an accredited U.S. College or University
- Personal interview with program manager
- Two letters of recommendation
- NO GRE REQUIRED
Go to Apply Yourself for the UAB Graduate School and fill out application.
- Should apply as Graduate Application.
- Please make sure you use an email and phone number where you can be contacted for an interview.
- Use the area on the left and choose “Application for Admission as a Degree-Seeking Student“.
- Under the link Application Information and the option Program Applying to: choose Information Engineering and Management.
Under Additional Information you will be asked to upload a resume.
Once your application is complete, a member of the committee will contact you for an interview.
Deadline for Entry Term(s):
Spring: November 1, Summer: March 31
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:
Six weeks before term begins
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:
For detailed information, contact Dianne Gilmer, IEM, Hoehn 130B, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-4440.
Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit.
Construction Engineering Management (CE)
CE 669 Advanced Project Management. Skills generally required for sound project management in a variety of management settings are studied in addition to specific management issues typically associated with engineering and construction companies. A discussion of corporate organizational structures and the evolving use of project management processes helps establish an appreciation for the role of a Project Manager. The elements of a project and the role and responsibilities of the Project Manager are studied in depth. Students are also acquainted with risk management concepts, financial, labor, safety, equipment, contracting issues facing managers in the engineering and construction environment. Particular emphasis is placed on individual management strengths and weakness, team building, and characteristics of successful companies. One of the primary vehicles for discussion will be small case studies from real companies and the outside reading of one or two relevant topical books. 3 hours
CE 670 Construction Estimating and Bidding. Provides an overview of typical construction delivery systems and the planning and contracting associated with each. A broad study of estimating methodology ranging from rough ball park estimates to detailed unit pricing is presented focusing on labor, equipment, materials, subcontractors, job conditions, location, overhead and profit. This course is intended to establish a basic understanding of the estimating process, and therefore substantial course focus will be placed on the term group project which consists of the development of a bid estimate for a small construction project. 3 hours
CE 671 Construction Liability and Contracts. Provides an overview of the fundamental aspects of the laws that affect construction and engineering companies as well as the project owners. Particular emphasis is placed on contract forms and provisions related to liability for engineering design and construction companies, the roles of the typical participation in the process, and dispute resolution. (Prerequisites: CE 669 and CE 670 or approval by the Program Director). 3 hours
CE 672 Construction Methods and Equipment. Provides students a big-picture understanding of the construction methods employed to bring the concepts and designs of architects and engineers to physical reality. The focus areas include earthmoving, heavy construction, building construction, and process plants. Students will understand the planning and deployment of equipment, materials, labor, and subcontractors required in the construction process. The course is strengthened with guest lectures from industry practitioners and student interaction with construction industry participants as parts of the group semester project. (Prerequisites: CE 669 or approval by the Program Director). 3 hours
CE 673 Techniques of Project Planning and Control. Provides a thorough understanding of the project scheduling process in construction planning and control. Students learn the relationship between the work breakdown structure, organization breakdown structure and the activities used in developing project schedules. The Critical Path Method (CPM) and the Precedence Diagram Method (PDM) are discussed in detail to include hand calculations and powerful computer software products. The use of scheduling techniques for project control, resources constraint management, cash flow management and project completion date management are investigated and the importance of communications in the planning and controlling process emphasized. (Prerequisites: CE 669 and CE 670). 3 hours
CE 674 Overview of Green Building Design and Construction (LEED). This course provides an introduction to the emerging trends in green building sustainable design and construction. The course will include instruction suitable to prepare students for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED©) Green Building Rating SystemTM certification exam. (Prerequisite: CE 672). 3 hours
CE 675 Fundamentals of Financial & Managerial Accounting for Non-Financial Managers. Provides an extensive overview of accounting concepts for non-financial managers. Students will learn the basic elements of accounting (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices). They will understand typical financial records and financial statements are established for companies. Once the basics are understood, students will study how financial data is used for internal cost controlling, planning, and budgeting. (Prerequisite: CE 669, CE 670, CE673, CE 677). 3 hours.
CE 676 Construction Project Risk Management. This course addresses the methodologies employed in the engineering and construction industries to assist in rational decision making in the face of uncertainty. The course reviews the fundamentals of common probabilistic theories and models, data sampling, hypothesis testing and the basics of Bayesian Decision Theory. In addition, basic financial analysis tools will be reviewed. Theoretical models will then be applied to specific examples encountered in engineering and construction decision making with emphasis on engineering economics applications. (Prerequisites: CE 669, CE 670, CE 673). 3 hours.
CE 677 Construction Accounting and Finance. Introduces students to some of the particular accounting needs, practices and methods unique to construction companies. Students will understand the details of budget preparation, cost tracking and reporting systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the importance of linking detailed project planning, scheduling with cost accounting and reporting in the management of individual construction projects and the company as a whole. A broad overview of financial management of construction companies and the specific tools used to operate the enterprise are discussed. Business planning, financing and contracting strategies suitable for a cyclical demand industry are discussed. (Prerequisites: CE 669, 670, 672). 3 hours.
CE 679 Construction Methods – Detailing and Finishing. This course is an extension of the concepts and technical terminology introduced in Construction Methods and Equipment. Topics explored in this course include green design/sustainable construction, finishing systems, windows and cladding, HVAC/plumbing, and roofing. The International Building code will be examined, as well as fundamental engineering, design, and construction methods. Upon completion students will be better equipped to read and understand drawings and specifications, necessary skills for detailed estimating of cost and time. (Prerequisite CE 672) 3 hours
CE 680 Construction Management Capstone Case Study. (Prerequisites: CE 669, CE 670) (3 hours) Students review case studies in three areas:
- Part 1: Students review case studies involving project planning and risk assessment or individual topical study.
- Part 2: Students review case studies emphasizing project control and coordination or individual topical study.
- Part 3: Students review case studies emphasizing technology advancements in construction methods and project management, or individual topical study.
Also set up as three – 1 hour courses:
CE 628 Construction Management Capstone Case Studies, Part 1 (1 hour)
CE 629 Construction Management Capstone Case Studies, Part 2 (1 hour)
CE 630 Construction Management Capstone Case Studies, Part 3 (1 hour)
CE 684 Construction Project Administration. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the important business, legal, and management aspects of construction management with emphasis on administrative procedures. The course is an extension of Advanced Project Management concepts with specific focus on the construction management issues facing owners, engineers, constructors, architects, and students. International business topics will also be discussed. (Prerequisite: CE 669 Advanced Project Management) 3 hours
CE 688 Strategic Management and Leadership Applications in a Global Environment. This course is designed to prepare students to face the demanding management and leadership challenges facing industry leaders as competition becomes ever more globalized. Strategic planning, management and leadership in the built environment requires savvy leaders with exceptionally developed analytical and communications skills suitable for multi-disciplinary and multi-national ventures. Organization design and management, selection and use of technology, and methodologies for measuring and monitoring performance are all fundamental working concepts necessary to think strategically in a changing world business environment. This course will provide the opportunity for students to discuss and research these concepts and to recognize the necessity to think independently, challenge conventional thinking, and visualize alternatives. (Prerequisite: CE 670 Estimating and Bidding) 3 hours
CE 689 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Techniques. This course provides students with an overview of the evolution of BIM technology in the construction industry followed by hands-on training in the basic application of contemporary BIM software. Students will learn basic modeling skills and how to produce graphical presentations. Advanced applications of BIM technology will be discussed and demonstrated. (Prerequisite: CE 670 Estimating and Bidding) 3 hours